Jan 31, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; The New York Islanders celebrate a goal by New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit (2) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Islanders defeated the Devils 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Islanders Backing Up Their Playoff Talk



Uh-oh, look who wasn’t just all talk and kidding about making the playoffs this season. In a very short preseason for the NHL, the New York Islanders and John Tavares mentioned going to the playoffs this season. Was that a joke? I’m sure there were a few chuckles after Tavares mentioned Islanders and playoffs in the same sentence–these are the same guys that finished in 14th place last season.

Although it’s extremely early in the season to even talk about playoffs for the Islanders, they sure are off to a good start. They are 4-2-1 and tied for first place with the New Jersey Devils in the Atlantic Division. If they can keep up their level of intensity and focus it can happen.

And why not?

The Islanders have had several years to develop chemistry and form a solid nucleus. They have young, talented players that are getting the job done. With what we’ve seen from this team, so far, is the intensity they’ve been lacking the past few seasons; they’re ready to make a push for the playoffs, something they haven’t done since the ’06-’07 season.

They capped off an impressive 3-1-1 five-game road trip with a tough overtime win over the Devils. And that’s what good teams do, they find ways to win tough games, especially on the road.

With the Islanders special teams–cashing in on six of their last seven power-plays–and their confidence at an all-time high, teams can no longer take the New York Islanders for granted.

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  • Rich Diaz

    Solid. Indeed the Isles are a threat as were the Mets this past year before the All-Star break. Let’s hope that consistency is that which the Isles learn as proficiently and as expeditiously as they have with killing penalties. I’d hate to see that which happened to the Mets happen to the Isles.

    In either case, I’m glad to see others supporting this franchise. Good stuff.

    (I’m editor over at eyesonisles.com, and I noticed you have a full staff. How were you able to recruit so many writers? Any tips?)

    Best,
    Rich

  • bluenotebacker

    This season is shaping up to have many intriguing storylines, and the Isles as playoff contenders is one I’ll be watching. Consistency is the key for all our teams, I think.